The lauded debut novel by Canadian author Eliza Robertson follows two young sisters on voyages of sexual discovery with the sons of their mother’s lover. Using ancient tales as its blueprint, Demi-Gods unfurls a strange and dangerous relationship against a series of sun-washed, Instamatic-filtered summers in the 1950s. Hailed as a “young writer who succeeds in imagining the world afresh” by The Independent, the novelist and previous winner of the prestigious CBC Short Story Prize joins Abigail Ulman to discuss her work.

Supported by the Consulate General of Canada, Sydney.

Eliza Robertson (International)

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Eliza Robertson attended the University of Victoria and the University of East Anglia, where she received the 2011 Man Booker Scholarship. In 2013, she won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and was a finalist for the CBC Short Story Prize and the Journey Prize. Her first story collection, Wallflowers, was shortlisted for the East Anglia Book Award and selected as a New York Times Editor's Choice. In 2015, she was named one of five emerging writers for the Writers' Trust Five x Five program. She is the winner of the 2017 ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize for her story Pheidippides. Demi-Gods is her first novel.

Abigail Ulman (Australian)

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Abigail Ulman is a writer from Melbourne. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University, and a winner of the 2016 The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. Her story collection, Hot Little Hands, was published internationally in 2016.